This week I am the diva has a guest blogger again. Not surprisingly it’s another blogger I don’t know. At some point it will be cool to see what the Diva does as a challenge but right now I’m getting great exposure to other bloggers so I’m happy.
So, here’s the challenge —
Weekly Challenge #232 : Duo Challenge: Audio vs. BetweedChallenge 1 : The Audio Zentangle MeditationEarlier this year I began producing Audio Zentangle Meditations that were inspired by the Meditation that Molly Hollibaugh led us through at the Certified Zentangle Teacher training seminar my daughters and I attended. It is a wonderful way to really get into the Zen of the Zentangle method. No preconceived notion of what you will create, you just listen… draw… there are no mistakes. You can choose which one you would like to do (or all… overachievers… you know who you are!). These do not need to be done in number order, just choose which one you would like. NOTE: In order to keep the secret of the tangle PLEASE notate on the Mr. Linkey whether you completed an Audio Challenge by putting an A (plus the number of the one you did… 1, 2, or 3) after your name. As an example, if I am submitting art for completing Audio #3, I would have my “name” in Mr. Linkey read, “ha! designs A3.” I would definitely suggest not looking at submissions until you complete the audio. You want to keep your mind free of what the pattern is “supposed” to look like. NO CHEATING!!Challenge 2 : BetweedI am choosing this lovely tangle by Zentangle cofounders Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas because of how I feel so “betweed” things in my life right now. You can find the step out for this pattern here.
Once again, a long post and so I skimmed.
Right off the bat I must say the audio portion has got me quite interested. I was listening to some music on a Pandora station I had just created and was thinking that it would be interesting to draw what I hear. I had no idea how to do that but I set to work customizing the station anyway. While this isn’t exactly the challenge, it was similar enough to make me smile.
After reading the instructions for the first tile I noticed that this is for a bijou tile (2″ x 2″) which I’ve never worked on before so first up was to cut some paper. I also found it interesting that she told you which size pen to use. For version A it was a micron 01. Immediately I was tempted to do all three because…seriously? How fun was this going to be? I already knew this was yet another blog I’d be following.
Once I finally had time to sit down to doodle I grabbed the listed supplies and went with the first audio. I immediately knew that I wanted my daughter and granddaughter to do it. I knew they would have fun. I wanted to do it again. I will at some point just to see how different the tiles turn out.
My only complaint is that she didn’t give me enough time to draw. Of course I stopped the recording but it wasn’t quite the same. Next time I’ll play soft music in the background.
Once again I was reminded how important it is to stop and breathe. I’ve been practicing it but the audio reminder was nice.
I wanted to start right away on the next tile but I made myself pack up for the night, intending on doing the second audio the next day. In the meanwhile I told my daughter about the first tile. She and my granddaughter did audio A after homework. We squealed over text message with the results. The pattern is Tripoli.
Day two I did audio 2. I admit that I liked the first one better but I decided that’s because I needed to work on my auras. I pulled out my sketchbook to doodle while I watched re-runs of Will and Grace. After a couple of episodes I still felt like I wasn’t getting this pattern. I went and looked at an example and… Well, I was doing it wrong. The only thing I can figure is when I heard “aura” my brain turned off and I started drawing auras. Such is life. I decided there are no mistakes and what I did is what I did. This is Nipa and it’s not at all what it should look like.
On to audio 3. This one went rather quickly. I had done this before in my Intro to Zentangle class. I found the instruction for leaving highlights interesting and it’s something I’ll try again. Yet another version of Meer.
Life got a little crazy this week and I never got to the second challenge but at some point I’ll give it a shot.